Preachers Son hit Bristol with a small gig as part of a self-funded UK tour spread over Three long weekends.

Who says you get nothing for free? Well, Preachers Son put on a free gig at Bristols’ Stag and Hounds. It’s the first time the band have been back in the area since supporting The Quireboys on a national tour about a year ago. That tour earned them lots of new fans, so why was the Stag empty on a thursday night for a free gig? Rugby World Cup? Not believing there was such a thing as a quality band playing a free gig? Who knows, but the small crowd that had gathered were in for a great night.

The band treated the gig as the true professionals they are and put on a set that would be worthy of any venue with a large crowd. Brian Hogan (lead vocals and bass), Mark Walsh (lead guitar) and Geoff French (drums) are a tight knit unit that work really well together. They obviously enjoy it too, as can be seen by the interaction between the band.

The set is a great mix of songs from the first album Love, Life and Limb, now five years old, and 2014’s 10 Stories Tall, with a few extras thrown in. The guys are a rock band, but certainly not one-dimensional. Sounding like a very early-days Thin Lizzy in places, they mix rockier numbers with more mellow songs with heartfelt lyrics.

The rocky “Round the Bend” starts off, and is followed by blues-rocker “Angel”. “Somebody Down”, tells of man’s struggle, while “Weeping World” turns the story to mother earth and how we kill it on a daily basis. The funkier “This Time of Life” lifts the spirits, before new single “Johnny’s Alright” gets the mood rocking again. Marks great guitar licks are balanced well by Brian and Geoff’s rock-steady rhythm backing – easy to see why this song has been play-listed on Planet Rock and also had mentions in Classic Rock magazine.

Brian’s interaction with the crowd is commendable, as he probably knows 80% of them personally! The jokes aren’t the best, but we are not here for a comedy show! The rock songs continue with “Come On”, with more great guitar work, and firm favourite “Jericho” getting a great reaction from the appreciative crowd. The small audience is treated to an extended set, as we have a few extra songs before the night ends, with “Lost My Faith” and an amazing version of “Baby Please Don’t Go”. Still over too soon, that’s it, and the crowd are left appreciating having been there to see a great performance.

The band are back at the end of October for dates in Sheffield, Bolton and Nottingham. If you are anywhere near, check them out!

Photos by R-O-C-K Photography

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